CAFE Foundation Sets Symposium Dates

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The CAFE Foundation this week announced the dates for their 10th annual Electric Aircraft Symposium, May 19 and 20, at the Marriott Waterfront in San Francisco. "CAFE Foundation believes that collaborative efforts are key in order to push forward electric flight," the group said in a news release. "EAS 2016 will bring together the people who are vital to this effort, with a special focus on early entry practical market opportunities." CAFE also said they are working with industry agencies and organizations to broaden the scope of topics and the roster of speakers. The event will be competing with a similar event, also set for May in the Bay area, that is being promoted by Brien Seeley, the former executive director of CAFE, who has formed a new organization, the Sustainable Aviation Foundation.

The CAFE Foundation has pressed Seeley to be clear that his symposium is a new event, and not a continuation of the CAFE symposium. The two websites appear to be working to differentiate the two programs. SAF says it aims to "encompass all sectors of aviation, across the globe, from UAVs and sport/recreational through commercial air carriers, since sustainability is everyone's concern." CAFE recently posted a new mission statement at its website: "To advance the development of low-emission flight by fostering and promoting early entry practical market opportunities." CAFE has not yet announced a roster for its symposium. "We look forward to an exciting, professional conference that once again welcomes the experts in the industry to gather for two days of networking and information-sharing," said Johanna Bumgarner, the new chairman of the CAFE board, in a news release.